Friday, September 05, 2008
Using Epsom Salts For Detoxing Body Acidity
"This is one of the most promising breakthroughs in the management of high-risk pregnancies in more than 30 years," said Dr. John Thorp, a study co-author and McAllister distinguished professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"The active ingredient we used in this study, magnesium sulfate, is better known as Epsom salt," Thorp said.
"And virtually every delivery room in the United States is already stocked with magnesium sulfate solutions that are given to pregnant women during childbirth for other reasons.
"So what we have learned from this study is that we have a cheap, widely available treatment already in hand that cuts in half the risk of babies being born with an extremely disabling disorder. That is a tremendously exciting development," Thorp said.
In the study, 2,241 women who had been diagnosed at high risk for giving birth prematurely, between 24 and 31 weeks into their pregnancies, were randomized to receive an intravenous infusion of magnesium sulfate solution or an identically appearing placebo.
The infusions were begun when delivery seemed imminent, at a rate of 6 grams infused over 20-30 minutes followed by a maintenance infusion of 2 grams per hour.
If delivery did not occur within 12 hours, the infusion was stopped and resumed later when delivery once again appeared at hand.
The researchers were looking to see if magnesium sulfate reduced the rate of stillbirth or infant death, or reduced the rate of moderate or severe cerebral palsy at or beyond the age of 2 years. They found that the risk of death did not differ significantly between the magnesium sulfate and placebo groups. However, moderate or severe cerebral palsy occurred about half as often in the magnesium sulfate group than in the placebo group,
1.9 percent versus 3.5 percent.
Doctors who specialize in managing the pregnancies of women at high risk for preterm birth could begin using the magnesium sulfate treatment immediately, if they choose to do so, Thorp said. Approval for the treatment from the Food and Drug Administration is not required. In addition, the U.S. and Australian studies are the largest, most rigorously conducted and pertinent trials to date and are not likely to be replicated, Thorp said.
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, a research scientist at the pH Miracle Living Center, "magnesium sulfate or Epsom salt can also be used for detoxing the liver and bowel of dietary and metabolic acids.
Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of magnesium sulfate in 1 liter of 9.5 alkaline water and drink the entire solution within 5 to 10 minutes. This solution should be ingested, first thing upon rising. The detoxing of the bowel and liver generally takes place within 60 minutes after ingestion, so make sure you are close to a bathroom."
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